A Diagnostic Sign in States of Apparent Unconsciousness

Lancet. 1978 Oct 28;2(8096):920-1. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(78)91633-1.

Abstract

Deviation of the eyes towards the ground with the patient lying on each side is proposed as a diagnostic sign in psychogenically mediated states resembling coma or epilepsy. Six cases are described in which the sign was elicited.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Coma / diagnosis*
  • Coma / etiology
  • Conversion Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Epilepsy / complications
  • Epilepsy / diagnosis*
  • Eye Movements*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemia / complications
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Stress, Psychological / complications
  • Unconsciousness / diagnosis*
  • Unconsciousness / etiology